Robin Trower @ RNCM
Robin Trower crosses the Bridge Of Sighs (more likely the Mancunian Way) for a masterclass of power blues guitar at the RNCM. Victim of the Fury, Frederick Apps, shoots the snaps and writes some words.
The Stevie Nimmo Band is an excellent choice to accompany Robin Trower on tour. The trio gives us a melodic build up and I love the combination of drums and bass playing along with Stevie’s sensational solo’s and commitment to the songs. The drumming itself has a solid back beat and shuffle which gives a fullness to the overall sound. They get a well deserved audience reaction and a final song dedicated to Trower for giving the band an opportunity to tour.
Robin Trower embarked on a ...Read moresolo career after he left Procol Harum and formed a powerful trio that has transformed him into the celebrated guitarist he is today. His early albums are tough and explosive mixed with a trademark blues psychedelic that makes him stand out from the rest and in some respects he is regarded as similar to Hendrix due to his playing style.
Trower released his solo debut, Twice Removed From Yesterday, in 1973 but the album barely made a dent in the charts. That changed soon after with his next release 1974’s Bridge Of Sighs of which he played the title song at the RNCM. The song was elegantly presented with Trower topping the passionate playing with body shifts and facial posturing.
Where You Are Going To, is his latest album in an ever growing catalogue and is dedicated to his late wife. Watching him play you could feel that she may have been serenaded on stage with him, this whole performance is moving.
According to Trower this latest album is a continuation of his previous album Something’s About to Change “in fact I’ve only stopped recording songs to go on tour. I like to play the guitar for 2 or 3 hours a day, and that invariably leads to a new song idea every few days. The title track Where You Are Going To is me reflecting on my life and career and how we have no idea how our lives might unfold.”
Trower did unfold and the audience is very appreciative of such a dedicated masterful player. I love the combination of the classic power trio - drums bass and guitar, it’s a full enough sound and no one here tonight is left disappointed.
Asking fans after the show what they thought and they were stunned at the way Trower releases freshness into his back catalogue of songs. I am also impressed from a musicians point of view at the stamina it takes to still deliver this work with passion in later life. This is a man who has dedicated his life to his craft and no one leaving the concert could ever doubt this. Masterful.